Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Punta Cana Dominican Republic by Tour Guide Jose U. (Guide #16543)


Kristi Galbraith

United States
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Tour: #232215, Los Haitises National Park from Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Apr 29/18

We had an amazing day with Jose - would highly recommend him as a private guide. He took my husband and I to Los Haitises National Park, stopping at various local sights along the way there and back. We learned so much about the DR - and got to see some amazing countryside, beautiful beaches, and quaint villages. The boat ride through the mangroves and bays was great for photography, and the lunch at the local restaurant was a highlight - they were so generous with all the wonderful food they prepared!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kristi! You and Greg are great persons to be with. I had an amazing time with you as well, looking forward seeing you again to go to other parts of the island.

Robert Taylor

Long Beach, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Apr 13/18

Jose was on-time, drove a clean+comfy SUV and a safe driver in crazy SD traffic. Drove past massive Columbus Lighthouse memorial on way to Los Tres Ojos park (Jose knew to arrive before the tourist bus crowds). Excellent journey thru the beautiful park (but so many steps!). Walked around old SD (just before the rain showers started) and then a drive with his informative commentary on historical buildings and how DR became independent. Tour ended on time. Thanks, Jose!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice review!

Susann Huschka

Germany
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Tour: #232215, Los Haitises National Park from Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Mar 23/18

Jose was great, it was the perfect combination of nature and culture. It's a bit pricier than a bus tour, but it was well worth it as we had a boat to ourselves, were flexible about which thing to do or do next and therefore could enjoy the places without bumping into large groups of other tourists. I would go on atour with him again anytime.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!

Andy Knittel

Germany
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Mar 5/18

We had an amazing, customized tour today in Santo Domingo - Thank you so much Jose!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Andy! It was a short time but looks like it was the whole day. Greetings to your family.

Thomas Gamble

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

5 out 5 Jose was fantastic, both informative and humorous. Highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting DR.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks !

Aleksander Shalshin

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

very good

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!!

Dennis Bley

United States
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Tour: #384101, Higuey Art & Culture - From Punta Cana, Salvaleón de Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Feb 2/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!

Tamara Michael

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Jan 13/18

FABULOUS!!!! Jose shared his extensive knowledge of Santo Domingo's culture, history, food, and its people making it all come alive. Lagos Los Tres Ojos was special and Jose knew how to time the tour to avoid crowds of people. This tour is a must for anyone who comes to Santo Domingo and it's an excellent activity for tourists arriving a day early before boarding a cruise ship. Jose was the BEST!!!!

Matthias Zeitz

Germany
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Tour: #232215, Los Haitises National Park from Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Jan 8/18

I have never had such a nice tour. Jose made the day as beautiful as possible. He told a lot about the culture and its past. The organization was very great and is definitely recommended !! We would always book another tour on our next stay. Los Haititis is a very beautiful Caribbean area! Especially to have this feeling you are alone in this wonderful world. Well, we were very confident!

Rachel Haims

United States
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Tour: #384101, El Seibo Waterfalls Private Tour, El Seibo, El Seíbo, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Dec 30/17

Jose is a wonderful guide and he put together a fantastic tour for my family of four. He has great energy, his English is excellent and he is extremely knowledgeable. We took a beautiful hike and horseback ride to an impressive waterfall in the countryside then had lunch at a local family's home. It was one of the highlights of our trip to the Dominican Republic and an experience we won't forget. Thank you, Jose!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My Pleasure! Thanks a lot for your nice feedback.

Robert Barnum

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Art & Culture - From Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

Our group and Jose had a hard time with the tour. Unlike most tours by locals, Jose has a very prescribed walking tour. Several of our group did not read the tour specifics and had a hard time walking and were not aware it was a walking tour. Jose improvised and got us a van but frankly there is not much to see in Santa Domingo

Kevin Carpenter

United States
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Tour: #305218, Puerto Plata City Tour, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Dec 20/17

Terrific tour guide! Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Kevin!

Ruth Johnson

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Nov 16/17

Jose was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and he brought us to places most big tours don't go. The tres ojos was beautiful and we also visited many of the older barrios of Santo Domingo where colonial buildings still stand. We had arranged for the tour to pick us up in Bávaro and when the driver couldn't make it, Jose came to get us without complaints. A lot of driving for him since he lives in Santo Domingo but shows his commitment. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Ruth! It was a real pleasure to be your host in Santo Domingo. Cheers, Jose

April Kitchens

United States
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Tour: #384101, Higuey Art & Culture - From Punta Cana, Salvaleón de Higüey, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Nov 1/17

UN DIA PERFECTO~ Professional, friendly, entertaining, knowledgeable and incredibly proud of his culture and heritage make Jose the perfect guide! We toured the Basilica in Higuey, walked through the city while touring the Farmer's Market, then stopped at a few local shops. We finished the day with an incredibly delicious lunch atop a cliff overlooking the bay where the fisherman were catching the local fare. Jose's knowledge of history and his personal stories made the day all the more perfect!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your words! I had one of my best days, you are a wonderful couple. A lot of blessings for you !!!

Christy Sehl

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour From Punta Cana, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

We had a great experience with Josè! The tour was about the same price (a little more, but so worth it) as the big group tour, but so much more personalized. My group of six high-fived every time we passed a 40 passenger bus full of people on a group tour. We got to eat local food, see the sights, and learn about the history of the town. It was more like we were visiting a family friend who was showing us around vs a hired guide. Great time— highly recommend it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Christy! You were a great group and we had fun !

Jeff Carrier

United States
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Tour: #230908, Circuit of The East, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Jun 25/17

Jose was very good ' good vehicle ' good guide

Victoria Pascual Boix

Belgium
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Tour: #232215, Los Haitises National Park from Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Jun 22/17

An incredible experience you should never miss if you are going to Dominican Republic. The tour was really excellent; the organization was great and Jose is unique! Thanks so much for everything Jose, we will always remember you and we hope to see you very soon!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot dear Victoria for your kind comment! You were a very special group to me, I will always remember you as well. I hope to see you soon too! Next time it will be even better. Cheers!

Sean Foote

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: May 20/17

What an amazing journey. This is a must do if you are traveling to Santo Domingo. Jose provided a first class informative excursion into the rich history and culture of Dominican Republic. Out of all things we did on this trip, this was by far the best. We learned so much and the pictures we took were priceless. Thank you Jose for capping our trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a great honor to show you my city. You are a great family and it will always be a great pleasure to spend the day with you. My best greetings to all of you. Jose

Amanda Radakovich

San Luis Obsipo, CA, United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Apr 25/17

Jose is an incredible guide! As a Santo Domingo local, he knows the city well. From driving, to chatting with other local tour guides and excellent recommendations for local cuisine and entertainment along the tour, Jose really provides a well-rounded view of his city. He was very communicative and flexible with tour timing, even at the last minute. He even had a back-up plan in the case of rain to be fully prepared for us to have a great experience, no matter what! I will definitely book a future tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I did have lots of fun doing what I love with such a great listeners and companion. I'm very happy to know you enjoyed the tour too and that my local cuisine and entertainment suggestions was useful for you. Whenever you come back to DR it will be an honor to help you have a great holidays! Cheers, Jose

John B.

Canada
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Mar 19/17

We had a great experience with Jose. He was able to design a tour of Santo Domingo which met the needs of our family (two adults / two teenagers). I would highly recommend Jose as a guide and we plan engage him again for our next trip to the Dominican Republic.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice review! I had a great time with your sweet family! You will be more than welcome next time you visit DR. Cheers, Jose

Dorien Smithson

Mount dora, FLORIDA, United States
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Tour: #275302, Santo Domingo, Cave of the Wonders and Boca Chica Beach, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Mar 3/17

Jose was excellent. Great sense of timing..explained important things very well. Highly recommend him

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for leaving your nice comment! Cheers, Jose

Carl Boast

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Feb 25/17

An excellent overview of the City and the country. It left us desiring more time to visit some of the venues described by Jose. He was very personable, knowledgeable and adaptable. We highly recommend this tour as a starting point to any visit to Santo Domingo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Carl! It was a great day for me too. I really enjoyed being in the company of very interesting and fun people like you. My warmest regards, Jose

Jeanne Hillegas

Fairhope, PA, United States
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Tour: #230908, Circuit of The East, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Feb 2/17

Our group of 10 throughly enjoyed the day with Jose. He provided us with unlimited information on the Dominican Repulic. We enjoyed all the stops along the way. Our lunch consisting of traditional Dominican food was excellent! The trip to the top of the mountain was amazing and the view was awesome! Definitely would recommend this excursion. Jose was a very knowledgeable and polite guide! Another great excursion Tours By Locals!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Jeanne! It was my pleasure to be with you. The group was awesome so it was so easy for me to guide you through the off the beaten path of my country.

Dan Sautner

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Sep 26/16

Jose was a terrific guide bringing us to a good understanding of life and culture in Santo Domingo. I recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Sautner for your kind review. It was a pleasure to be your guide. My best regards to you and your wife. Jose

Brenda Ballew-Ward

United States
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Tour: tour-for-brenda-ballew-ward, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
Date: Sep 4/16

Jose was a wonderful guide and tried in every possible way to make sure we had a wonderful time. He really went out of his way to ensure we were happy!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Brenda. It was a pleasure to show you my country. You and your husband are wonderful people!

Doug Peacock

United States
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Tour: #230908, Santo Domingo Private City Tour, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic    view tour
Date: Aug 20/16

José was the perfect choice. I wanted to be introduced to the DR with a thorough and authentic experience. A true professional and well seasoned tour guide, Jose's introductory itinerary was perfect. We saw all the main highlights of the area, plus a great history of the country. He did a great job making sure I was enjoying the day. He even made sure one tour stop was given in English just for me. Absolutely glad I chose Jose over the big tour bus groups that I saw later. ¡Jose es el mejor!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Doug! Muchas gracias for your kind words. I really like to hear you had an authentic experience of DR with our itinerary. The fact that you consider this introductory itinerary as perfect is a great honor coming from a man like you that travel continuously. It was a pleasure to share this time with you, showing my city, and having a good talk about the country. Muchos saludos, hasta la vista! Jose